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Blotto Gelato now legal in Delaware

Markell signs bill to permit ice cream to contain alcohol
By Taggart Houck | Jun 09, 2014
Photo by: Taggart Houck Gov. Markell signs Senate Bill 167, allowing the sale of Blotto Gelato ice cream while (l-r) Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes; Ron Belfont, co-owner Blotto Gelato; Mike Clampitt, owner Po' Boys Creole and Fresh Catch; Sophia Belfont, Kathleen Belfont, co-owner Blotto Gelato; and Kayla Belfont watch.

Milton — Fans of Blotto Gelato can now purchase it in Milton.

Gov. Jack Markell recently traveled to Po' Boys Creole & Fresh Catch in Milton to sign Senate Bill 167, which removed barriers to selling products containing small amounts of alcohol.

The law allows the sale of Blotto Gelato, a product produced by a small ice cream company started by Ron and Kathleen Belfont of Lewes.

“It started with me being at home with the husband, and he had wine, and I had ice cream. He's always tried to come up with different ideas,” she said.

The three flavors of the far-from-ordinary ice cream now available at Po' Boys are Shimmy Shakin' Maple Bacon, Bourbon Milk and On The Couch. The ice cream will be sold only to customers over 21.

Markell said the bill, which removes the classification "alcoholic liquor" from solids and confections that contain 2 percent or less alcohol, will encourage small businesses.

“Just another indication for those in government to listen to people looking to start a business,” he said.

The governor said Democrats and Republicans worked together on the measure.

“Things that unite us are creating jobs and helping small businesses. They're not just Democratic or Republican issues,” he said.

Also in attendance was Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, a family friend of the Belfonts through music classes their children attend.

“The bill provides immediate opportunity for expansion of small businesses,” Lopez said.

Markell used two pens to sign the bill and gave them both to Ron and Kathleen's children, Kayla and Sophia. After the bill was signed, Blotto Gelato and Po' Boys provided free samples of the ice cream.


Blotto Gelato ice cream can be purchased at Po' Boys Creole and Fresh catch on Palmer Street in Milton. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
The governor enjoys a free sample of Blotto Gelato's alcohol-laced ice cream after signing the bill that made it legal to sell. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Gov. Markell presents Senate Bill 167 after signing it. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
A close look at the new bill which allows for the sale of Blotto Gelato ice cream in Delaware. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
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